ISRO to launch communication satellite on Wednesday

ISRO will launch its communication satellite, GSAT-29, which would boost communication services in Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern states

ISRO will launch its communication satellite, GSAT-29, which would boost communication services in Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern states, from its launchpad in Sriharikota on Wednesday evening.

GSLV MkIII-D2 vehicle will launch India’s high throughput communication satellite at 5 pm on Wednesday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC-SHAR) in Sriharikota. However, weather might play spoilsport due to Cyclone ‘Gaja’ that lay 720 km east-northeast of Chennai and 800 km east-northeast of Nagapattinam on Monday.

GSLV MkIII-D2 will inject the satellite into GTO with required inclination to the equator. The satellite will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit (GEO) using the on board propulsion system and it may take few days after separation from launcher to reach its orbital slot.

“GSAT-29 carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders intended to meet the communication requirements of users including those in remote areas. In addition, several new technologies such as Q/V-band payload, data transmission through optical communication link will be demonstrated. This will help in realizing future advanced satellites,” the ISRO said.

GSAT-29 is a communication satellite that weighs 3,423 kg and the mission life is 10 years. The launch is significant since the earlier communication satellite, GSAT-6A, ended in a failure after the ISRO lost touch with it within two days of its launch in March early this year.

 

 

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